2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Key specs

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The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Exhaust sound (AMG version)

The bad:

  • Long rear doors
  • Adjustable suspension needs more variability (AMG version)
  • Grabby brakes (AMG version)

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Exterior and interior restyling for 2015
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission available
  • New twin-turbo V-6 CLS400 joins lineup
  • Four doors, coupe profile
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The original Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class revolutionized modern automotive design by promising the sporty dynamics of a coupe with a dash of sedan practicality. For 2015, the CLS is available in three models: the CLS400, CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Prime competitors include the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

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New for 2015
The CLS-Class’ front and rear styling has been updated, as has its cabin design. A new CLS400 base model powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and the rear-drive CLS550 now has a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
  • Power moonroof 
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available deck-lid spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
  • Leather upholstery
  • Real wood trim
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Harman Kardon stereo
  • Comand system with navigation
  • Available ventilated front seats, active massaging driver’s seat
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade

Under the Hood

  • CLS400 has a 329-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • CLS550 uses a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; nine-speed automatic for rear-drive CLS550
  • Available all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Collision prevention system with autonomous braking
  • Active front head restraints
  • Attention Assist monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness
  • Available blind spot warning system and lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

The CLS63 AMG performance car has all-wheel drive and is powered by a hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine that’s rated at 577 hp.

What’s Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available carbon fiber lip spoiler

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


It's a civilized rocketship

Very well mannered and tame when you wanted it to be. Turned into a growling beats when you change drives modes. My edition was the AMG S Model with 585hp and drove itself with DISTRONIC activated.


Powerful yet Luxurious!!

This was my first luxurious MBZ. I bought in January of 2020 and I absolutely LOVE my car. The front of the car has an aggressive sporty but sleek and elegant look/feel. It drives well and turns on a dime.


.. can't be topped

My fav benz. CLS. Not a cheap benz but affordable. Handles great. Drives great. Love everything about a CLS. Can't go wrong. Trust. The style is in a league of it's own.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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